When you fly a drone (also called UAV/UAS) in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe

The Drone Code 

Follow these simple steps to make sure you are flying safely and legally: 

  • Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don't fly higher than 400 feet
  • Always keep your drone away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields 
  • Use your common sense and fly safely; you could be prosecuted if you don't. 

Drones fitted with cameras must not be flown: 

  • within 50 metres of people, vehicles, buildings or structures 
  • over congested areas or large gatherings such as concerts and sports events 

Click here to view the CAA’s ‘Drone flying: A short guide’ video.

Click here to view the CAA’s ‘Quick start safety guide’. 

Civil Aviation Authority Drone Operation Regulations 

The use of various types of unmanned aircraft, popularly known as drones, has increased rapidly in recent years - both for private leisure use, and for commercial ‘aerial work’. Unmanned aircraft are generally fitted with cameras, unlike traditional remote controlled model aircraft which have been used by enthusiasts for many years. As such drones are likely to be operated in a way that may pose a greater risk to the general public and other aircraft. Unlike manned or model aircraft there are no established operating guidelines so operators may not be aware of the potential dangers or indeed the responsibility they have towards avoiding collisions. Anyone flying a drone either recreationally or commercially has to take responsibility for doing so safely. 

Small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS), sometimes also known as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), are now being widely used commercially in the UK. Permission to operate a SUAS for 'aerial work' is required from the CAA. 

Click here to view the CAA regulations on Small unmanned aircraft (20kg or less). 

Click here to view the CAA regulations on Large unmanned aircraft (in excess of 20kg).

Manchester Airport Requirements 

Want to operate a drone in and around Manchester Airport? Prior permission should be sought to avoid any dangers to you and others. 

Please contact airfieldoperations@manairport.co.uk for further information.